China Calls for Crackdown on Hong Kong Protesters


Protests in Hong Kong
Are escalating quickly
The Chinese regime is calling for a crackdown.
And they haven’t ruled out military action.
Welcome back to China Uncensored.
I’m Chris Chappell.
Clashes between protesters and police in Kong
Kong over the weekend
turned parts of the city into a bona fide
battlefield.
Complete with plenty of police violence,
rubber bullets,
and enough tear gas to make Chuck Norris cry.
Although I think technically,
Chuck Norris makes tear gas cry.
Anyway, as Hong Kong protests continued for
their eighth exhausting week,
the police have been getting more and more
aggressive.
In this footage,
you can see them chasing after retreating
protesters
and beating them with police batons.
For the last few weeks, the protests have
followed a familiar cycle:
nonviolent protests are met with heavy-handed
police tactics
like pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets.
Then the government doesn’t respond,
which leads to more protests,
which leads to more police violence,
and the whole thing starts again, but gets
worse.
But as the escalation of violence threatens
to spin out of control,
the Chinese Communist Party has issued a rare
public statement,
saying the protesters are right and it’s
time for the police to back down.
Just kidding, the Party did what they always
do:
Threaten to crack down harder.
The Beijing-based office that oversees Hong
Kong and Macau
held a rare press conference—
its first one since Hong Kong was handed over
to China in 1997.
A spokesman denounced the protests as “horrendous
incidents”
and called for swift punishment.
“The most important task for Hong Kong now
is to resolutely punish and curtail violent
criminal activities
according to the law,
restore social stability,
and maintain law and order in the city.”
Yes, the most important task for Hong Kong
is to punish people and maintain order.
That will definitely resolve the underlying
issues
that sparked protests in the first place.
And if cracking down harder sounds too risky,
don’t worry Chief Executive Carrie Lam:
Beijing has your back!
“The central government firmly supports Chief
Executive Carrie Lam
leading the Hong Kong administration and carrying
out their lawful duties,
firmly supports the Hong Kong police strictly
enforcing rule of law.”
Journalists, of course, attempted to ask questions
at the press conference.
They asked what the threshold is for sending
in the Chinese military.
But the spokesman responded only by saying
that Hong Kong’s
constitution lets officials ask for help from
China’s military, hint hint.
Well one guy who can take a hint is Hong Kong
watcher
and hedge fund manager Kyle Bass,
who tweeted that Hong Kong has entered
“the next PRE-PLANNED phase by the chinese
government,”
adding that the authorities “deliberately
incited the violence
with PLA and criminal triads…
and now they beat peaceful protestors
and bring in the chinese army.”
The criminal triads Bass is referring to are
gangs
who do the dirty work of attacking protesters
in a way the police can’t.
Can’t be caught on camera doing, that is.
A week ago, these suspected triad members
in white shirts
had attacked protesters at a metro station
in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district.
So this past Saturday,
thousands of activists demonstrated against
that attack.
“We’re against the violence of Hong Kong
police
and the cooperation between them and the gangs,
Yuen Long local gangs,
they are using violence and attack locals
in Hong Kong.”
And then the riot police moved in and started
firing tear gas.
Some local residents weren’t too happy about
that.
If anyone can still make the police feel shame,
it’s a Hong Kong grandma.
Then on Sunday,
clashes erupted yet again as riot cops beat
back demonstrators
who tried to approach the Chinese regimes’s
representative office in Hong Kong.
The protests this weekend were not given permission
by the police.
But people showed up anyway.
Which meant that when police arrested 49 people
over the weekend,
hey could charge them with “rioting.”
Which carries a maximum prison term of 10
years.
I mean, you’d think that if only the Hong
Kong police
could use just the *right amount* of violence,
everything would be resolved.
But so far,
it’s only served to strengthen protesters’
will to keep going.
Funny how that works.
The protests initially started in early June,
where Hong Kongers marched against a proposed
extradition law
that would have allowed Hong Kong authorities
send criminal suspects to mainland China for
trial.
But as the police’s reaction to protesters
escalated,
so did the protesters’ demands.
Protesters are now also demanding the resignation
of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Plus they want everyone who’s been arrested
to be released.
And they want an independent inquiry into
police brutality.
But while Carrie Lam may have put the extradition
bill on pause,
she has refused to agree to any of the other
demands.
Maybe she can just wait things out till her
term ends…in 2022.
But I don’t think the protesters are willing
to wait that long.
In fact, they’ve got a new slogan:
“Reclaim Hong Kong,
the revolution of our times.”
Meanwhile, Hong Kong lawmaker Claudia Mo
is worried that things don’t seem to be
resolving—
especially after Beijing’s press conference
on Monday.
“And my personal take is that I’m so worried
what happened in Beijing today,
this afternoon, would actually help fan the
fire
of what’s already been a tsunami of protests
in Hong Kong.”
I get how it could fan the flames.
But I don’t see how things could get much
worse.
Unless, instead of addressing the issues at
hand,
Chief Executive Carrie Lam does something
extremely tone deaf,
like…oh, I don’t know,
spending the weekend at a summer camp
run by the People’s Liberation Army.
I know, that’s a very specific thing to
suggest.
But…that’s actually what she did.
Yep, there she is.
So with the Hong Kong leadership pretty much
absent,
the only way the protesters can talk to their
government is…this.
It’s gonna be a long summer.
So what do you think about China’s calls
for a tougher crackdown on Hong Kong protesters?
Leave your comments below.
And now it’s time for me to answer a question
from one of you—
a patron who supports China Uncensored
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through the crowdfunding website Patreon.
Kristen E. Strubberg asks:
“If it were that easy and straightforward
a task,
wouldn’t China have invaded Taiwan long
ago?
China’s words are bellicose,
however their actions suggest crossing the
Taiwan Strait
a perilous proposition for the invader.”
Good question, Kristen.
And you’re right.
It’s not an easy or straightforward task
for the People’s Liberation Army
to take over Taiwan.
Last year,
I sat down with Taiwan expert Ian Easton
to discuss the nuts and bolts of this.
He told me that in addition to all of Taiwan’s
military defenses,
the Taiwan Strait itself is so perilous
that there are only two short periods a year
when the weather would permit the large-scale
crossing
of troops by ship.
And those periods have their own problems.
Plus, there’s a lot more dangerous things
the Chinese military would have to face
if they actually made landfall in Taiwan.
For more, I recommend you watch that episode,
“China’s Invasion Plan for Taiwan.”
I’ll put a link to that episode below.
Thanks for your question, Kristen.
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Thanks for watching China Uncensored.
Once again, I’m Chris Chappell.
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